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The Best French Music of 2016! Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Culture, Music, People, Uncategorized

2016 was a tough year for the music world. We lost a lot of fabulous and groundbreaking artists, but the year also introduced us to some new artists and new songs. Every winter, the popular radio station NRJ (pronounced like énergie, the word for energy) hosts an awards ceremony to honor the year’s top music.

Just like American movies, American music is very prominent in France. Just turn on the radio, and you’ll be welcomed by Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, and Drake. NRJ is definitely aware of this fact, so they found a way to separate francophone music from international music. Each category except Clip de l’année (Video of the Year) and DJ de l’année is separated into two branches: francophone and international. Each of the 13 categories has 5 or 6 options, and the winner is decided through an online vote and a selected NRJ jury. It’s a great way to recognize local artists as well as those who are having international success.

All of the bloggers here at Transparent French have discussed the benefits  of using music to practice your foreign language skills. It’s a great way to  learn new vocabulary, phrases, pronunciation, intonation, history, pop  culture – everything you could imagine put to the music genre of your  choice. It’s easy to remember things you like, so one of my biggest suggestions to people who ask me how to learn a language is to do it through music.

The French know our music, but how well do you know their music? Below I’ve listed the francophone categories from the 2016 award show, the nominees, and the winners. Click any link to visit artist pages or hear the songs. Do you agree with the winners?

Les Palmarès (prize list)
Winners are marked with an asterisk.

Artiste féminine française de l’année
Tal*
Céline Dion
Zaho
Jenifer
Imany
Louane Emera

Artiste masculine française de l’année
Maître Gims
Kendji Girac
Black M
Soprano*
Christophe Maé
Julien Doré

Révélation française de l’année
Ridsa
Slimane
Jul
Jain
Claudio Capéo
Amir (check out this post!)*

Groupe / duo / français de l’année
L.E.J
Les 3 mousquetaires
Fréro Delavega*
Jul
Maître Gims
Kids United

Chanson française de l’année
click the title to hear the song
J’ai cherché by Amir*
Le Diable ne s’habille plus en Prada by Soprano
Il est où le bonheur by Christophe Maé
Come by Jain
Sapés Comme Jamais by Maître Gims & Niska

Clip de l’année
Work
by Rihanna
Hello by Adele
Come by Jain
Il est où le bonheur by Christophe Maé*
Up&Up by Coldplay

DJ de l’année
David Guetta*
Feder
DJ Snake
Kygo
Martin Garrix
Kungs

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About the Author: Josh Dougherty

Just your typical francophile. If you have any topics you'd like me to discuss, feel free to let me know!